This month we’re shining the spotlight on one of our Business Development Managers for Sub-Saharan Africa, Amith Sheoperhad. A relative newbie with Cint, joining us this past January, he plans on learning to skydive – despite his fear of heights. Check out his answers to some of our nosey questions below to get to know him a little bit better…
How did you get into the market research field?
I have always had a passion for data and trends, and felt that I could use insights to generate new ideas and opportunities for organisations. I was given the opportunity to join Nielsen as part of their graduate programme early on in my career and worked there for nearly five years.
What kind of music do you listen to while you are working?
My listening selection while working varies between music, podcasts, and audiobooks. My music selection depends on the mood and varies between 70s & 80s Pop, R’n’B, House music and Rock. A typical playlist would include tracks from The Beatles, Bill Withers, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Weeknd.
What do you like to eat while working?
I love snacking on homemade oat biscuits or bars which I make every few weeks. Coffee is a staple when working, too.
What is the best way to start the day?
I am an early riser, so I usually start the day with some activity – usually a short run or walk, and a cup of coffee.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you aren’t working?
I am an avid runner (not the fastest though) and play football, socially. I have also decided to learn martial arts and have begun learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In addition, I enjoy reading and experimenting in the kitchen.
Do you have any children? (Two and four legged included!)
I have a son, Nikhil, who turns 15 in July. I am also planning on getting a dog soon.
How different was your life one year ago?
The pandemic has changed the way business is conducted, brought us closer to our loved ones, and also given us opportunities to adjust the way we live. I now spend far more time with family and friends, out in nature and I am dedicating more time to learning new skills and exploring new hobbies, too.
What skill would you like to master?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! I would like to get to a proficient level, at least.
If you could live in any period of history, when would it be and why?
I would love to go back and live in ancient Egypt, particularly around the time when the pyramids were being built. There is so much mystery around this period and I do not feel that we completely understand the lifestyle and culture.
What was the most memorable gift you’ve received?
I received a pair of wireless headphones as a birthday gift from friends and colleagues. It was very unexpected and something that I use almost daily in the gym or during my runs.
I currently reside in a very leafy and quiet suburb in Randburg. There is a park nearby and some great running routes.
What are your favourite things about working for Cint?
The culture at Cint is amazing. Even though I am quite far away from people physically, I find it easy to reach out to colleagues. I have found that colleagues are always willing to help and assist with my questions and requests.
Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
I have always been passionate about data and insights. I have spent a large part of my career working with insights that help influence and define business strategy. I believe that my passion resonates with Cint’s vision and mission.
What’s on your bucket list this year?
Skydiving… I have a fear of heights and am trying to get comfortable with it. Another is hiking the Heritage Trail in the Drakensburg; a mountain range here in South Africa. I also have some travel items on my bucket list that may have to wait till next year.
Who is your favourite author?
Malcolm Gladwell’s books are a favourite of mine. He has just released a new one called The Bomber Mafia which I am slowly making my way through. I enjoy his writing style, and the out-of-the-box thinking he applies to his work.
If you could share a meal with any four individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Two seats for my late grandfathers whom I did not meet. The other guests would include the late chef, storyteller and writer, Anthony Bourdain and the comedian, Eddie Izzard.
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